Managua


Nicaragua

Urban Region

  • In crowded urban settings, everyday activities often take place outside the home itself. In crowded urban settings, everyday activities often take place outside the home itself.
  • These Compassion-assisted children are enjoying a fun and educational field trip. These Compassion-assisted children are enjoying a fun and educational field trip.
  • The Compassion curriculum enables tutors to provide learning activities children need to overcome poverty and achieve a brighter future. The Compassion curriculum enables tutors to provide learning activities children need to overcome poverty and achieve a brighter future.
  • A center teacher prepares a variety of activities to teach his class about the Bible and to keep students excited about learning. A center teacher prepares a variety of activities to teach his class about the Bible and to keep students excited about learning.
  • A Compassion partner church interceded with authorities on behalf of children and a few families were moved to safer, government-built homes. A Compassion partner church interceded with authorities on behalf of children and a few families were moved to safer, government-built homes.
  • Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand. Thanks to caring sponsors and a program that is Christ-centered, children have the opportunity to experience God's love firsthand.
  • Due to high unemployment and low salaries, many families in impoverished city slums cannot afford to fix their houses. Due to high unemployment and low salaries, many families in impoverished city slums cannot afford to fix their houses.
 
NICARAGUA OVERVIEW

Population

5,848,641

Religion

Roman Catholic

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Urban Nicaragua Urban Nicaragua
  • Many families living in poverty in Nicaragua’s urban regions recycle scavenged materials to make a living.
  • Unemployed parents collect dirty plastic from the dump, take it home, wash it, store it and then sell it. The whole family participates in this practice, which is dirty and dangerous, especially for children.
  • Houses in this region are built with inadequate materials due to families’ lack of money.
  • Gangs are a problem in urban areas. Slum neighborhoods, called barrios, are not safe, especially at night, because of gang violence.
  • Many youths don’t finish school and can’t find jobs. They are lured into gangs and become involved in dealing and abusing drugs.
COMMUNITY
Issues and Concerns
  • Since household incomes are very low, many families suffer malnutrition because they can’t afford nutritious food.
  • Some parents are forced to leave the country to look for higher-paying jobs, and as a result children often live with grandparents or other extended family.
  • Gangs can be a problem in the barrios, as well as alcohol and drug abuse.
Local Needs and Challenges

Lack of public services

Services like water and garbage collection are sporadic in the urban slums.

Lack of access to medical assistance

Children often suffer the results of the unsanitary environment, but parents can’t afford medical help when they become ill.

Domestic abuse

With widespread family disintegration, urban children are vulnerable to domestic abuse.

Compassion’s program seeks to address and remove these challenges from the lives of assisted children so that they can grow into happy, healthy, responsible Christian adults.

EDUCATION
Rural Nicaragua education
Schools and Education
  • Nicaraguan society is largely undereducated — students take an average of 10.3 years to complete the mandatory six years of schooling.
  • Up to a fourth of school-age children are not in school, and many do not finish high school. Fewer enter or complete university.
  • There is a need for better school facilities; some classrooms have up to 50 students packed into them.

Compassion Nicaragua works to ensure that every registered child is able to attend elementary school, and it provides additional support, including tutoring, at the child development centers

At the Compassion Child Development Center

Child development centers in urban communities provide registered children with a place to learn, grow and study.

Children are given hope and are taught to believe that they can live out their dreams.

Every effort is made for each child to clearly understand the message and love of Jesus Christ.

Centers also provide opportunities for involvement by the parents or guardians of sponsored children.

These children also spend time writing to and praying for their sponsors.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing real help and hope to impoverished children in urban Nicaragua, providing:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • housing and food for the poorest families through Compassion church partners working with local government agencies
  • regular home visits by center staff to encourage children to stay on the right path in life
  • the opportunity to participate in evangelistic services on Sundays
  • training in such vocational courses as cosmetology and handicraft making

Partner churches also work closely with local police to make them aware of dangerous situations for families, like abuse or robbery.